presets – the book

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Stefan Goldmann: Presets – Digital Shortcuts To Sound (The Bookworm),
now in 4th edition

For his first book, PRESETS – digital shortcuts to sound, Stefan Goldmann has talked to industry leaders, programmers, producers, musicians and fine artists to gather a comprehensive description of the world of preset audio: from synthesis to sample libraries, from instrument emulations and gear cloning to automated composition and performance. The effects of digitisation on electronic music are covered in detail, and so is the rapid digitisation of more unexpected fields: classical and traditional music, guitar rock and fine arts. The role of traits inherent in specific electronic instruments in the emergence of genres such as techno, house, hip hop, synth pop and, most recently, US ‘brostep’ and EDM is discussed in detail. Disruptive gear and iconic presets, their background and impact – from Korg’s M1, Yamaha’s DX7 and Roland’s 909 to Ableton Live, Native Instruments Reaktor, sidechain compression and Auto-Tune – are discussed in unprecedented depth, with some of the key agents speaking out for the first time.

Interviews with:

Robert Henke / Monolake – musician, lecturer & co-founder Ableton, Berlin
Mike Daliot – senior audio developer Native Instruments & lecturer at Universität der Künste, Berlin
Michael Wagener – multi-platinum music producer & engineer, Nashville
Dinis Schemann – pianist, Munich
Cory Arcangel – visual artist, New York
The Korg M1 product development team: Tomoko Itoh & Junichi Ikeuchi, Inagi
Tony Stevanovski – arranger, Sofia
Dimitar Kotev – musician, Sandanski
+ introductory essay and glossary by Stefan Goldmann.

219 pages, four editions (1 & 2 – green cover, 3 & 4 – black cover).

Click on the names for further chapter information.

Available from:

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Amazon DE, UK, USA
Touch Shop (UK)

Buchhandlung Walther König (DE)
Echo Bücher Berlin (DE)
Pro QM Berlin (DE)
Hard Wax Berlin (DE)
Donlon Books London (UK)
Wire Magazine book shop (UK) – sold out
SoundOhm Milano (IT)
Laietana de Libreteria Barcelona (ES)
Elephant Bookstore Sofia (BG)
Dukyan Meloman Sofia (BG)
Harvard University Bookstore (Boston, USA)
Printed Matter (NYC, USA)
and at many more fine bookshops.

Worldwide: Alive
UK: Touch
USA: Forced Exposure
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World (all): Macro